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Re: Some hard numbers on licenses used by elisp packages

From: Mats Lidell
Subject: Re: Some hard numbers on licenses used by elisp packages
Date: Mon, 24 Jul 2017 00:14:14 +0200
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> Richard Stallman writes:
> If you would like to do it, please give it a try.
> I'd be interesting to hear what you find.

Of the packages I checked there were six that had no license. I tried to
contact the authors or teams and this is the result:

  - Two had no easy to find contact info so I gave up on contacting them.
  - Still waiting for a reply from one author.
  - One author had unfortunately died.
  - One reply was: "Oh, I haven't thought about it. Is it a problem?".
  - One reply pointed out that the string GPLv3 is in the main file in the
    copyright line(!) and with the belief that this would be enough.

So the two answers I got sound to me like the authors are neglecting the
license issue but that there is likely good intentions and willingness to fix
the problem (maybe after getting some advice on how to do that.)

Not much of statistics but it is what it is!

%% Mats

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